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Food In Our Aged Care Centres

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Great Food Makes A Great Home

At The Salvation Army Aged Care, we recognise the importance of food and positive dining experiences towards residents’ physical health, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

Food in our centres is prepared onsite using fresh, seasonal produce by an experienced chef and catering team. The 5-week cycle menu is developed in consultation with the dietician, residents and their families. We pride ourselves in providing choice at mealtime to cater for different dietary and cultural requirements, personal likes, and dislikes. We also offer customised vegetarian, vegan, Halal, diabetic, gluten-free, and texture-modified foods. Currently we are in the midst of rolling out the 24-hour dining across our centres. We recently implemented “meal choice at point of service.” This offers more flexibility to residents by allowing them to advise us what they would like to eat during mealtime rather than advising us a day in advance - because what you feel like today can differ dramatically from the meal you choose the day before.

Residents have a lot of opportunity to provide feedback to ensure that they are fully satisfied with their meals. All meal types are quality tested prior to serving and resident feedback is sought and noted for future meals. Similarly, residents can give their feedback during monthly residential meetings as well as during Food Focus meetings held quarterly where residents and/or their families can contribute towards the seasonal menus.

Our Catering and Hospitality Manager, Lainie, is a chef by trade and qualified Food Safety Auditor. In addition to managing catering and hospitality for The Salvation Army Aged Care, Lainie has created a suite of recipes that meet the Food First concept of supplementation which replaces commercial supplementation to manage weight loss across our Centres.  The Food First High Energy High Protein suite is utilised in our centres, and on the Dementia Dining experience. 

Staff go through quarterly training to ensure a fulfilling dining experience for residents - from staff demeanour to ambience, presentation of food and conversation during mealtimes.

Not only do we pride ourselves on our great food and quality catering service, most of our centres also run cooking programs with residents to ensure they continue to enjoy the experience of cooking and of course, share their favourite recipes!

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.